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Holista CollTech Limited

(ASX:HCT / ABN 24 094 515 992)

283 Rokeby Road Subiaco WA 6008
P: +61 8 6141 3500 ; F: +61 8 6141 3599 W: www.holistaco.com

ASX Announcement

14 February 2019


PERTH/KUALA LUMPUR, February 14th 2019 – Australian Securities Exchange-listed Holista CollTech Ltd
(ASX:HCT, Holista) is pleased to announce that is has completed and successfully tested 80Less, a proprietary
sugar formulation with a low-glycemic Index (Low GI) that is five times sweeter than ordinary sugar, and without
any after taste. 80Less seeks to address challenges faced by food and drink manufacturers amidst increasing
proposals by countries to impose a sugar tax to curb excessive sugar intake which is seen as a major cause of
obesity and diabetes.

80Less is a physical blend of two internationally approved substances – Sucrose (table sugar) and very low
levels of Sucralose (an intense sweetener derived from sugar cane) – resulting in a low-calorie and low-GI
formulation that has taste uniformity in solid or liquid form. 80Less can replace sugar in all applications, except
as a bulking agent as in sweets and candies, without the loss of sugar’s sensory effects. One gram of 80Less
can replace five grams of sugar. On a gram for gram basis it is significantly cheaper than sugar.

The replacement solution is designed to work well in enhancing flavour and sugar-like sweetness, preserve high-
heat stability, and enhance taste profile of food and beverages at a low cost while reducing calories.

80Less technology offer the following advantages:

- Tastes like sugar with no unpleasant aftertaste. Taste tests conducted by in Malaysia, Singapore, Australia,
United States, Canada and Philippines have found it to be comparable to sugar in various formulations.
- Heat Stable making it ideal for use in baking, canning, pasteurization, aseptic processing and other
manufacturing processes that require high temperatures. In studies among a range of baked goods, canned
fruits, syrups, and jams and jellies, no measurable loss of sucralose occurred during processing and
throughout shelf life.
- Help Control Caloric Intake as it has 80% fewer calories
- Recommended for diabetics as it tastes the same of sugar with 80% sugar reduction
- Long Shelf Life allows storage stability required for use in all types of foods and beverages. It is stable in
acidic products, such as carbonated soft drinks, and in other liquid based products (e.g., sauces, jelly, milk
products, processed fruit drinks)
- Stable in dry applications such as hot beverage mixes, instant desserts, and table top sweeteners
- Available in two different grades - 80Less Standard (five times sweeter than sugar) and 80Less Premium
(40 times sweeter than sugar).
- No further approval needed in Australia or anywhere in the world as two ingredients are fully approved
Holista’s CEO, Dr. Rajen Manicka, said: “This unique technology offers a distinct solution to food manufacturers
seeking to offer an affordable, healthier product at a time of growing concerns of obesity and diabetes caused
by diet including high sugar intake. It is being offered at a time when many countries around the world are
introducing a sugar tax based on the level of sugar contained in food and drinks. More important, no regulatory
approvals are needed.”

Malaysia’s new sugar tax will commence in April 2019. It is one of the first countries in Asia to introduce such a


For further information, please contact:

Corporate Affairs & Business Opportunities

Dr Rajen Manicka: rajen.m@holistaco.com
General Enquiries: enquiries@holistaco.com

Australia Malaysia
283 Rokeby Road 12th Floor, Amcorp Trade Centre, PJ Tower
Subiaco WA 6008 No. 18, Persiaran Barat off Jalan Timur
P: +61 8 6141 3500 F: +61 8 6141 3599 46000, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
P: +603 7965 2828 ; F: +603 7965 2777

Media and Investor Relations Enquiries

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Singapore 048693
E: holista@wer1.net; P: +65 67374844

About Holista CollTech Ltd

Holista CollTech Ltd (Holista) is a research-driven biotech company and is the result of the merger of Holista
Biotech Sdn Bhd and CollTech Australia Ltd. Headquartered in Perth with extensive operations in Malaysia,
Holista is dedicated to delivering first-class natural ingredients and wellness products and leads in research on
herbs and food ingredients.

Holista, listed on the Australia Securities Exchange, researches, develops, manufactures and markets “health-
style” products to address the unmet and growing needs of natural medicine. Holista’s suite of ingredients is
capable of serving the industry to provide low-GI baked products, low sodium salt, low fat fried foods and low
calories sugar without compromise in taste, odour and mouth feel. It is the only company to produce sheep
(ovine) collagen using patented extraction methods.